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The goal of a cover letter is to provide a formal introduction to the employer that describes
how your skills and abilities fit what they are looking for in a good candidate. A cover letter is
an expanded objective statement from a résumé and always precedes your résumé.
Research the company and position beforehand. The more you know about what you
are applying for, the easier it will be to identify how you can be a benefit.
Make your letter interesting and encourage the employer to read your résumé.
Be enthusiastic and show your interest.
Cover letters should be written for each position you apply for. Generic cover letters
don’t always do the trick and it is obvious to the employer.
Benefits of Writing a Cover Letter
Résumés are brief, bulleted and non-personal. Using the first person tense in a cover
letter personalizes it for the employer.
A cover letter makes your application packet more professional and clearly identifies
your goals and how your skills can be utilized by working for them.
Not every applicant will have a cover letter, so this will make you stand out.
Types of Cover Letters
There are 2 common types of cover letters to write depending on your situation.
Job Application Letter
Job application letters are written when you are applying for a specific job opening.
The goal of this letter is to obtain an interview. It is very direct and refers to how you
meet the job qualifications. Research the company beforehand to know exactly what
they are looking so you can make yourself stand out even more.
This type of letter is written when there is not a current opening but you are interested
in the possibility of one. You may not obtain a job interview, but hopefully an
informational interview to do some formal networking and get your foot in the door.
The structure is very similar to a job application letter, but is mor